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Brazil’s Decreased Homicide Rate vs. Increase in Police Killings

Column by Henry Montalto, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Seemingly confirming one of Bolsonaro's presidential campaign promises, Brazil registered a 23 percent drop in its homicide rate for the first quarter of 2019. On the other hand, the number of police killings rose eighteen percent, making 2019 the deadliest year in decades. 

While the drop in murders for 2019 may be correct, one must ask "why" or, more specifically, "how" -- a truce between Brazil's deadliest gangs, police interventions, or both?

To verify this published drop in crime, one must take a close look at the data and . . .

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